Scouts toast the final loan repayment!

Toasting the loan repayment on Goostrey’s Scout Hut and Youth Centre.

Goostrey Parish Councillors joined 1st Goostrey Scouts yesterday to celebrate the repayment of the last £50,000 of the loan on the new Scout Hut and Youth Centre.

1st Goostrey Scouts celebrating the loan repayment with parish councillors

Group Scout Leader (GSL), Neil Memmott, said: “In April, the outstanding loan stood at £50,000 but since then active fundraising by the Scouts has raised a massive £25,000 and generous match funding by the Parish Council of a further £25,000 means that the debt is now cleared. 1st Goostrey Scouts are extremely grateful to the Parish Council for its support over the past four years in bringing the new Scout Hut and Youth Centre to fruition, and this donation of £25,000 to clear the loan is the icing on the cake! We would not be standing here without the backing of Goostrey Parish Council, who had confidence that David Giles, my predecessor as GSL, and the fantastic team of professionals from Goostrey could deliver this project for the village.

Neil continued: “It is a privilege for my team of Leaders to run Scout, Cub and Beaver activities in the new building, to allow local children to enjoy the benefits of scouting in Goostrey. The outdoor play area is put to good use, including two weeks ago for a very successful Beaver and Cub Camp when activities enjoyed included archery and backwoods cooking. The hut is also home to Goostrey Guiding and Goostrey Pre-School, and the two rooms upstairs are hired regularly by a range of other community groups.”

Ken Morris, Chairman of Goostrey Parish Council said: “The Parish Council was pleased to give half of the site of the former Youth Centre to the Scouts, to support the planning application for the new building and to make the initial donation of £50,000. We have been impressed that the brand new facility opened 18 months ago is being well used by children, young people and other groups. It is a real asset to the village.”

Pictured (front row right to left) Beaver Alfie Warren, Neil Memmott, GSL and Colin Mottershead, Group Chairman of 1st Goostrey Scouts are with Ken Morris, Chairman and Ian O’Donoghue, Vice Chairman of Goostrey Parish Council, with Beaver Rose Saunders.

Pictured (back row right to left) by Beverley Giles, Group Treasurer, Rachel Boulton, Manager of Goostrey Pre-School, Cllr Terence Rathbone, Cllr Peter Godfrey, former Parish Council Chairman, Mark Nelson, Quartermaster and Robin Williamson, Assistant Scout Leader, as well as Jane Stubbs and Louise Brown from Goostrey Guiding

The £25,000 raised by the Scouts this year includes: a generous £10,000 grant from the Columbus Fellowship, more than £4,200 from the Big Bike Ride in May, and nearly £2,500 from other sporting events including another sponsored cycle challenge as well as the Simon Weston Trophy Football Matches in 2017 and 2018. More than £600 was raised from the Afternoon Tea with Mrs Kettle event held in June, a total of more than £1700 from Rose Day, nearly £700 from the Locals Night run at the Hut by a team from the Crown, and about £200 from a Quiz Night at the Crown. In addition, other kind donations have been received including a fantastic £3250 from this year’s Bluedot Festival.

Forthcoming Events:
Sunday 4 November – The Scouts’ annual Bonfire and Firework Night on the field next to the Scout Hut.    Tickets are available from The Trading Post, the Crown and Goostrey News.

10 November – Some of Goostrey’s Scouts will be participating in a special event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 – in memory of the local young men who died in this war.

11 November – Service of Remembrance at St Luke’s Church, Goostrey – when representatives from all three scouting sections will be part of the annual parade.

18 November – Presentation of Chief Scout’s Gold Award – As many as 8 Scouts from Goostrey have been put forward to receive the Chief Scout’s Gold Award this year at Parr Hall in Warrington

2 December from 5 pm onwards – Christmas Lights Switch On at the Bog Bean in Goostrey

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